Privacy Notice: CCTV

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust utilises surveillance cameras (CCTV) in and around the Trust’s sites and on our emergency vehicles.

Please note: our surveillance cameras inside our vehicles are only activated by the crew should they feel there is a risk to safety. Should they be activated, you will be advised by the crew and/or an audio message will be played inside the vehicle.

The legal basis for collection of CCTV images is that processing is necessary for the purpose of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller, YAS (GDPR Article 6(1) (f))). Our legitimate interest in doing so is in order to:

  • Protect staff, patients, visitors and Trust property;
  • Apprehend and prosecute offenders and provide evidence to take criminal or civil action in the courts;
  • Provide a deterrent effect and reduce unlawful activity;
  • Help provide a safer environment for our staff;
  • Assist with the verification of claims.

We do not perform any covert surveillance; covert surveillance is that carried out in a manner calculated to ensure that subjects of it are unaware it is, or may be, taking place. All buildings and vehicles where CCTV is fitted will display awareness signs.

Upon receiving an official request to provide CCTV evidence, the Security Team would facilitate access to the relevant premise or vehicle hard drive to download the requested footage. This would then be passed to the relevant parties who have a legitimate reason to review it.

CCTV is managed by Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust.

In certain circumstances (investigations, serious or criminal incidents) we may need to disclose CCTV data for legal reasons. When this is done there is a legal requirement for the organisation that has received the images to adhere to data protection legislation.

For example, for the purposes of prevention and detection of crime, we would securely disclose the footage to the Police, upon request.

Both premise and vehicle CCTV footage is stored until the capacity of the hard drive is exceeded, whereby it is then overwritten, or the footage is removed for investigation, whichever comes first.

Footage that has been downloaded from a hard drive may be retained for an indefinite period and footage may be required at any point in time, even if just for the purposes of disclosure. However, the Trust will only download and retain footage that is likely to be used in an investigation. We cannot determine how long the Police would retain any footage given to them for crime prevention purposes.